The Times Of India on Monday published an article in which an author named Rakesh Kumar Mishra, who has written many stories about the dangers of contact solutions, said that he was surprised by the response to his article.
“I am surprised that it is not getting much attention,” he said.
He said the majority of the people who were asking him to take a stand against the use of contact solution slime in hospitals and in nursing homes were from the poor.
“They say it helps with the diarrhoea.
Why should they pay for it?
They are not getting any benefits,” he added.”
They (hospital patients) have to be given a vaccine that contains all the ingredients to protect themselves against the common cold,” he further explained.
“The use of this product is not recommended as it can cause harm to the patient, especially in the elderly.”
Mishra said that in cases where the patient’s body has to be kept alive, it is better to take them to a hospital where there are sufficient supplies of ice, fluids and electrolytes to sustain them for at least two hours, rather than to a treatment facility.
“The hospital has to provide these things to the patients in the first place.
If the hospital does not have them, the patients are left to fend for themselves,” he opined.”
In my opinion, they are not doing a very good job in providing them with these things.”
According to Mishra’s observations, there are three main ways to achieve the same result: first, it takes the patient to a place where he or she has the luxury of eating ice cubes, then he or her has to drink liquid from a cup, and finally, they have to take the contact solution into their body.
The article, however, was greeted with a mixed reaction.
“I’m not too surprised that there are people who are not too keen to see this product being used in the hands of patients,” said Jyoti Sharma, an advocate with the National Commission for Women (NCW), who also spoke to NDTV.
“But how many of them are going to use it?
This product is supposed to be used in small spaces.
If we do not see the use in larger spaces, then how many hospitals and nursing homes will use it?”
She also said that, in general, people were not aware of the health implications of using contact solution.
“Even if they are aware of its potential, the use is still against the rules,” she said.
The NDTV article also suggested that people were using it as a ‘quick fix’ to solve their problems.
“It may help in some cases but it may also exacerbate other health problems,” it said.